Aug. 20, 2019—Two years ago, Fort Negley, a Union Army stronghold located a few miles east of Vanderbilt’s campus, was slated to be demolished to make way for one of Nashville’s newest mixed-use developments. Yet, in part because of efforts by Vanderbilt researchers to document the vital contributions African Americans made to building and defending the site, not only was Fort Negley spared, but the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) also recognized it as a “Site of Memory” as part of its Slave Route Project.
May. 22, 2019—As communities throughout the South struggle to determine appropriate ways of recognizing Civil War history, Jane Landers, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of History, and Postdoctoral Fellow Angela Sutton have worked to draw attention to Fort Negley as a site that teaches the tragedy of slavery as well as celebrates the contributions of free and enslaved black people to Nashville and the nation’s history.
Feb. 26, 2019—Pirates in the Atlantic world, religion in prison, and a workshop on jazz great Cole Porter are among the classes offered this spring by the Vanderbilt Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.
May. 4, 2018—A survey of world art featuring Fisk collections, Nashville's diverse musical history, and cast-iron cooking are among summer classes offered by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Vanderbilt.
Oct. 27, 2016—This panel discusses some of the trials and triumphs of our international team who for longer than a decade have worked to preserve the oldest records for Africans in the Americas. The Ecclesiastical and Secular Sources for Slave Societies Digital Archive holds more than 600,000 unique images dating from the 16th-19th centuries from Cuba, Brazil,...